Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres - 3/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (21-35-11) at Ottawa Senators (23-32-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -145 / Buffalo Sabres +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabers and Ottawa Senators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Buffalo Sabers could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 30 assists and Kyle Okposo has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 127 goals on 1,397 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 70 goals on 687 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
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The Ottawa Senators could use a feel good victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 20 goals, Erik Karlsson has 42 assists and Mike Hoffman has 210 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 145 goals on 1,464 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 67 goals on 677 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or less goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Sabres are 27-76 in their last 103 games playing on 0 days rest, 20-48 in their last 68 road games and 22-50 in their last 72 overall. The Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 17-35 in their last 52 overall. The Sabres are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 19-7-1 in the last 27 meetings.
Fading the Buffalo Sabers is one of my go to plays in hockey, especially on the road. I gave the Sabres one chance last night against a struggling Flames squad, and they got lit up. I'm not falling for the trap here. The Ottawa Senators have issues of their own, but they've been able to win at home, and they're catching Buffalo on the end of a back to back, something they rarely win on. I'll take the Senators and the fairly dcent price, as more of a fade from the Sabres.